Hawks rock Gilchrist tourney

December 14, 2005

The Horizon Christian School boys’ and girls’ high school basketball teams went on the road Friday and Saturday of this week to play in the Gilchrist Invitational tournament in Gilchrist, Ore.

With about 200 miles of driving each way, the Hawks had to make the best of a long road trip. In the end, the boys came away with a tournament win, defeating Central Christian on Friday and Gilchrist on Saturday. The girls went one and one, defeating Central Christian Friday and losing to Gilchrist on Saturday.


With a team-high 23 points, Cameron Root was instrumental in the Hawks’ 59-55 win over Central Christian. Root teamed up with Jared Nagreen in the first quarter to score 12 of the Hawks 17 points. By halftime the Hawks led by five points, which was canceled out in the third quarter, as Central Christian outscored Horizon by four points to bring the game back within reach for the final quarter.

“After traveling 200 miles, the boys seemed lethargic,” Coach Ron Haynes commented. “But we managed to hang on for a close win.”

With a clutch field goal and a made free throw by Bobby Conferences and six more points from Root, the Hawks outscored Central Christian 14 points to 11, sealing the first round victory.

On Saturday the boys faced the Gilchrist crew. With solid rebounding and an impressive 25 points and 15 boards by Nagreen, the Hawks wrapped up the day with a 66-54 win over the tournament’s home-town favorites.

“We very physical game because Gilchrist is pretty athletic,” Haynes said. “But Horizon out rebounded them and won all four quarters.


Jacque Mellow led the girls’ team to a commanding 51-23 victory on Friday with 22 points, followed in scoring by teammates Laura Yates with 11 and Kari Pool with eight points. Mellow’s 22 was a career-high.

“The girls came out with a lot of intensity,” Coach Amanda Bellus said. “We executed our offense and we played great defense, coming away with 21 total steals.”

The following day, the girls lost a tough game against Gilchrist. Despite the 64-37 loss, the girls played with heart and determination against a known-to-be tough team.

Leading the Hawks was Savannah Cox with 12 points, Mellow with eight, Pool with seven and Hannah Frost with six.

“Coming into the game we knew that Gilchrist was a great team,” commented Bellus. “We knew it was going to be a tough game, but we were going to give them a fight.”

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